The Arizona Cardinals were supposed to be one of the surprising teams in the NFL this year. It hasn’t been a good year for them. Last week, in a game against the Dallas Cowboys, Anquan Boldin suffered an injury. It was thought that Anquan Boldin had a devastating knee injury, but it turned out be a very treatable knee bone bruise. Anquan Boldin was the NFL’s 2003 Rookie of the Year, and is known for his physical play. This isn’t the first injury for him and probably won’t be the last.
What is a knee bone bruise? Bone bruises are also known as periosteal. The most painful bruises, they can sometimes take months to heal. What happens in a bone bruise is a compressive force pushes the in on itself. When this happens the outer layer of the bone, which is fibrous, breaks down. This leads to leaking of fluid.
The term knee bone bruise is a misnomer, as the knee isn’t a bone. The effected area is actually the tip of the femur where it connects to the knee.
What the symptoms of a knee bone bruise? You’re going to have soreness and pain to the touch as you do with a normal bruise, but a bone bruise will typically not swell. It’ll be difficult to walk, and there may be discoloration in the area of the knee bone bruise.
How do you treat a knee bone bruise?
- Pain relief
There is no magical bullet or cure for a knee bone bruise, but time does a marvelous job.
The recovery time for a knee bone bruise ranges from days to weeks. Keeping mobility is critical to treating a knee bone bruise.